We are incredibly pleased to announce Amanda Primosch, one of our young artists and member of our Vocal Ensemble has been given one of the highest artistic honors in the country for young singers. Primosch has been named a 2018 National YoungArts Foundation Finalist in Voice! She will participate in the 37th Annual National YoungArts Week in Miami, Florida from January 7th to 14th, 2018.
Amanda has been a young artist with us for four years and has performed in all 7 school-year and three summer intensive performances. She will also play Mother in YAA’s upcoming production of Ragtime in Concert (April 15, 2018 at the Music Center at Strathmore).
YoungArts National Voice finalists, like Amanda, were selected from the most competitive pool of applicants to date. She is one of 21 national finalists within her discipline. Only 171 finalists were selected out of 8,000 applications from 47 states. Winners like her will be given access to one of the most comprehensive programs for emerging artists in the country, offering financial, professional and artistic development opportunities over the course of their careers. AYou can check out a complete list of the 2018 finalists online at youngarts.org/winners.
Amanda will receive a cash prize of up to $10,000, opportunities to share her work with the public at renowned institutions such as the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (Washington, D.C.), The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), Sotheby’s (New York) and New World Center (Miami), and access to professional, award-winning mentors including Doug Blush, Nora Chipaumire, Lisa Fischer, Corin Lee, Karen Olivo, Elizabeth Joy Roe, Patrice Rushen, and Janis Siegel among others.
Rolando Sanz, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of YAA said, “When I received notice that Amanda Primosch was named a YoungArts finalist, I must admit that I was not surprised. Amanda has been cultivating her voice since she began high school, and she is one of the hardest working students I have had the pleasure to teach. Young Artists of America at Strathmore would like to congratulate Amanda for being recognized as one of the best classical singers in the nation.”
Watch Amanda sing (starting at 13:15) in her recent performance of "Climb Ev'ry Mountain," from YAA Presents: The Sound of Music in Concert (2017) below.